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A Rich Man’s Joke Is Always Funny

Living Class in Urban India by Sara Dickey, Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2016; pp 280, 795.

There is a point in the hierarchy of indebtedness, where debt becomes credit; where the lender transitions from a vilified moneylender (the only one willing to extend a loan to the undocumented, collateral-less at the highest possible interest rates) to a dignified banker, in whose exclusionary domain regulated rates are extended to those who already have demonstrable stability; where irresponsible fiscal behaviour, that causes cyclical entrapment, becomes an aspirational creditworthiness. In these intangible cusps, where the dishonourable turns into an honourable contribution to productivity, is where the signifiers of class lie. These are evaluated in terms of affording one dignity.

Decency, Dignity and Class

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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